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Mendelssohn, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Chung, Dutoit, Kempe


Release Date: 08/10/1999 
Label:  London/Decca Legends Catalog #: 460976   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnMax Bruch
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung
Conductor:  Charles DutoitRudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony OrchestraRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kyung Wha Chung's career was launched with a series of LPs made for Decca in the early 1970s, revealing an artist of exceptional technique, insight and spontaneity. One of these contained this rich-sounding performance of the Bruch G minor Violin Concerto, recorded with Rudolf Kempe and the Royal Philharmonic in 1972. It is still one of the freshest and most vital readings of this piece around, as Chung seems to know exactly where to draw the line between precision and abandon, the playing always seeming felt rather than planned, perhaps the highest achievement for a virtuoso. The 1981 recording of the Mendelssohn is a sheer delight, with fast tempos giving the work an extra sparkle, something the soloist obviously relishes. Kyung Wha Chung's career was launched with a series of LPs made for Decca in the early 1970s, revealing an artist of exceptional technique, insight and spontaneity. One of these contained this rich-sounding performance of the Bruch G minor Violin Concerto, recorded with Rudolf Kempe and the Royal Philharmonic in 1972. It is still one of the freshest and most vital readings of this piece around, as Chung seems to know exactly where to draw the line between precision and abandon, the playing always seeming felt rather than planned, perhaps the highest achievement for a virtuoso. The 1981 recording of the Mendelssohn is a sheer delight, with fast tempos giving the work an extra sparkle, something the soloist obviously relishes. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1981 
Venue:  St. Eustache Church, Montreal, Canada 
Length: 25 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1972 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 24 Minutes 16 Secs. 
3.
Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 46 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Liverpool, England 
Date of Recording: 05/1972 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 29 Minutes 7 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64: 1. Allegro molto appassionato
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64: 2. Andante
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64: 3. Allegro non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26: 1. Vorspiel (Allegro moderato)
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26: 2. Adagio
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26: 3. Finale (Allegro energico)
Scottish Fantasy, Op.46: Introduction - Grave - Adagio cantabile
Scottish Fantasy, Op.46: 2. Allegro
Scottish Fantasy, Op.46: 3. Andante sostenuto
Scottish Fantasy, Op.46: 4. Finale (Allegro guerriero)

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